ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business Level 4
This on-line diploma is suitable for anyone looking to do an introductory qualification in accounting and finance, including school leavers or those already working in accounts-supports role.
After the completion of Diploma you can progress through ACCA CAT Qualification or the Advanced Diploma in order to become a Professional Accountant or senior Audit.
You could work in the following type of roles:
- Basic bookkeeping
- Trainee accountant in accounting practice or in a commercial organisation
- Accounts clerk in public sector
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is a global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 178,000 members and 455,000 students in 181 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers.
Why study ACCA?
- Global student network - join a community of over 400,000 ACCA students
- Respected by employers - a highly respected, highly portable qualification
- Flexible study options - choose whether to study face-to-face, online or on your own
- Exciting careers - ACCA members work in all types of organisation and a huge variety of roles
- Create your own future - ACCA allows you to specialise or keep your options open.
Diploma in Accounting & Business: The Diploma consists of three papers: Accountant in Business; Management Accounting; and Financial Accounting. You also need to take the online ethics module, Foundations in Professionalism.
Completing the Diploma enables you to move up to Fundamentals level or the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification, with exemptions from the first three exams.
F1: Accountant in Business
Understand how businesses operate effectively, efficiently and ethically and the critical role finance professionals play in achieving this.
This course will help you understand business in the context of its environment, including economic, legal and regulatory influences on such aspects as governance, employment, health and safety, data protection and security.
What you will learn
- The purpose and types of businesses, and their interactions with stakeholders and the external environment
- Business organisation structure, functions and the role of corporate governance
- The function of accountancy and audit
- The principles of authority, leadership and team management
- Personal effectiveness as the basis for effective team and organisational behaviour
- Upholding professional ethics and professional values in business.
F2: Management Accounting
Learn management accounting techniques to help you support businesses to plan, control and monitor performance.
This course will introduce you to different ways of managing finance within an organisation with the aim of enhancing business performance.
What you will learn
- The nature, source and purpose of management information
- Cost accounting techniques
- Budgets for planning and control
- Comparisons and analysis of variances
- Performance measurement and monitoring of business performance.
F3: Financial Accounting
Learn the underlying principles and concepts of financial accounting, accounting techniques and the preparation of basic financial statements.
The course will allow you to demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of double-entry techniques, including the preparation and interpretation of basic financial statements for sole traders, partnerships, companies and simple groups of companies.
What you will learn
- Context and purpose of financial reporting
- Qualitative characteristics of financial information
- Use of double-entry and accounting systems
- How to record transactions and events
- How to prepare a trial balance (including identifying and correcting errors)
- How to prepare basic financial statements for incorporated and unincorporated entities
- How to prepare simple consolidated financial statements
- Interpretation of financial statements.
To start at Fundamentals level you need a relevant secondary school education covering five separate subjects, which must include English and maths.
You must be over 18 years old.